Cheetah3D

Version: 5.0 || Release Date: 2009-10-08 || License: Shareware (US$99) App Owner: lesliet

Cheetah3D is a lean, fast and elegant 3D modeling, rendering and animation package for Mac OS X with an easy learning curve. It offers many tools from polygon editing over advanced subdivision modeling to boolean operations and Beziere splines. The Javascript support allows you to extend Cheetah3D by yourself with custom file loaders, exporters, tools and so on. It also offers many common file loaders and exporters like .fbx, .3ds, .dxf, .obj, .3dmf, .sia etc.

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4 Opinions

v5 is out!!! :) Release notes here: http://www.cheetah3d.com/news.php

I have version 4 and the accessibility and power you get for the low price is unmatched. Buy it. As of v4, it supports Skeletal animation w/ Inverse Kinematics and a very nice pose and take manager.

An amazingly powerful modeler/renderer for the price. The next update (4.0) is planned to have joint based skeletal animation, inverse kinematics and more! I'm excited... Especially since anyone who purchases the current version gets a free upgrade =)

If you've used Truespace 3D on you will definitely like this. It's a human-sized 3D editor and the price is quite reasonable for that category of application. It has dynamic modifiers much like 3DS max (eg. Extrude, Lathe or arlike are a dynamic effect, it does not modify the mesh itself).

Definitely looking forward to release 4 (promises inverse kinematics and other things). It's the perfect tool for the casual 3D artist, and maybe more if you happen to have some talent!